When I was a young man (and quite a bit more antisocial than I am now) I thought it would be cool to be one of those hermits living on a mountain top. You know, meditating and contemplating the meaning of the universe with no one around to bother you. It sounded kinda cool, but I always wondered if those hermit types were maybe a bit crazy.
Being an introvert, I like my alone time, but I’ve never spent an extended time away from other people–particularly my family. After two days alone on a mountain, I’m happy to report that I am not insane. Okay, so I talk to myself (but not any more than normal), and I sing aloud (mostly to music), and I look forward the each meal as it was my last. But I haven’t started talking to the furniture (although the fake tree in the corner has been watching me all day). I figure this means I’m as sane as the next guy.
I spend a good part of the day writing. I’m up to around 4000 words today. I don’t know if I’ll win NaNo, but I should reach my goal of finishing the draft by the end of the year. The book’s working title is The Queen’s Man. It’s one that I’ve been writing on and off for a couple of years between drafts of other novels. It’s time to finish it and put it in my publishing queue. I expect it’ll come out late 2018 time frame.
Here is a snippet from today where one of my protagonist is talking to his mentor:
Derrick looked up at his mentor. He knew Karl had been tasked with his education as a warrior, but the kail warrior had become much more than a teacher to him. Derrick felt closer to Karl than his own father, and sometimes wished Karl was his true father. “Why couldn’t I have been born and kail?” he muttered.
“Why is a fish born a fish and not a bird?” Karl had risen from the bed and stood over Derrick. “The fish doesn’t even know about the air above. He breaths the water and is happy with it.”
“How do you know he’s happy?” Derrick retorted. “I have seen fish jump out of the water as if they wished to fly.” He looked up into Karl’s face.
“Maybe if you pray to the Trickster, he will turn your scales into wings so that you can fly.”
Derrick knew the story. Karl had told it to him. “Yes, but he wouldn’t change my gills into lungs, and I would suffocate instead.”
Karl nodded his head. “But you can still learn to jump, my dear little fish, and knock the birds from the sky when they come to taunt you.”
“It is not the birds I want to pummel, but the other fish,” Derrick grumbled, but he realized that he felt better after talking to Karl.
“How can a fish who can jump so high not sail above the other fish in the pond?” Karl sat next to Derrick on the bench and leaned in towards his young protégé. “I doubt that Sir Roger could jump so high.”
Derrick let out a sigh and nodded his head.
Karl leaned his back against the wall and Derrick followed his example.
“Nor your father,” Karl said.
Derrick felt himself relax against wall at his back.
Oh yeah, and here is a picture from my balcony.